Been trying to do a review of openSUSE for over a year now, but had problems trying to install it in the beginning, or was trying to review too many Distros at one time recently (testing Fedora 32, CentOS Linux 8, ‘n openSUSE) ‘n couldn’t squeeze openSUSE in. Too new to installing Linux in the beginning last year ‘n too busy looking for Distros that opt out of the ‘Pesky Passwords’ this year.

I may make a “Sticky Post” on the advantages of ‘n why I want to be a fulltime root user. Have noticed that a lot of Linux users don’t actually understand what I am saying and/or what a fulltime root user is. I’m still learning it myself or at least figuring out the Distros that offer a fulltime root user and/or an option to opt out of the annoying Linux ‘Pesky Password’.

Most Linux users seem to think that being the fulltime root user is about the command prompt and/or terminal. That it is about commands like sudo and su. On comment sections like OMG! Ubuntu! I can catch hell even bringing up becoming a root user, until I ask them if they even know what a fulltime root user is…that slows them down. All most users have ever heard about being the fulltime root user is how “dangerous and insecure that is! You can destroy your system!!!” Phooey ‘n Baloney on such Ol’ Time Linux talking points! Linux users can destroy their systems by entering Sudo or Su or etc without being fulltime root user. BTW, fulltime root user doesn’t need to enter Sudo or Su or etc.

Anyone ever heard of Puppy Linux?

Barry Kauler started Puppy Linux in response to a trend of other distributions becoming stricter on system requirements over time. His own distribution, with an emphasis on speed and efficiency and being lightweight, started from “Boot disk HOWTO” and gradually included components file-by-file until Puppy Linux was completed. Puppy Linux started as Vector Linux based until it became a fully independent distribution.

First release was in 2003 … can run in random-access memory (RAM) and was made to do so … can run from USB, CD, DVD, HDD, SSD, SD cards, “a Zip drive or LS-120/240 SuperDisk,” etcetera etcetera. I’ve used it for years and never once got asked for a password…long before I even knew what a root user was. FossaPup64 9.5 (AKA Puppy Linux 9.5) is my #1 Ranked Distro. Works best if you just create a ‘Live’ USB with the iso, and leave it like that. It saves everything if you want it to, so use at least a 32GB SanDisk or Samsung USB. Have never found a computer that it couldn’t work in/on. Again, it has never asked me for a password.

One last point, before the brief openSUSE review … I don’t become root to escape the terminal’s password, i.e. one is already at the keyboard if they’re using the terminal, so there is no need to put the mouse down ‘n move to a keyboard. I become root because I hate the “Authenticate” popup that requires one to put down the mouse ‘n move to a keyboard in order to type the password ‘n then Authenticate it. GParted requires it, Synaptic Package Manager requires it, adding apps sometimes requires it, some updates require it, etc. Being root stops the GUI “Authenticate” popup/s.

Chameleon-Like  openSUSE “has two versions: Leap and Tumbleweed. Tumbleweed is a rolling release, so users always have access to the newest Linux packages, and Leap is openSUSE’s regular-release, with guaranteed stability.”

I’ve tested both versions over the past two day, and both are excellent Desktop OSes. openSUSE is one of the Top Three major Linux Distros – Canonical, Red Hat ‘n SUSE. The Top Three are fully supported Linux Distros – both financially and physically supported, fully.

Both versions installed quickly and easily, and offer an Administrator password during installation, which allows the user to login as standard “karmi” user or fulltime root user. Everything worked great in the standard user section, but sound was a problem in the root user section. Have tested a few Distros recently that have sound issues, i.e. not recognizing basic computer speakers…most problems were in root section. I will add openSUSE to the Distros w/ *NO* ‘Pesky Passwords’ page, under the “minor issues” section.

Since I’ve stopped using Distros that use the annoying “Authenticate” popup prompt for a password, openSUSE falls into just another basic Linux Distro category, IMHO. Also, it may offer a fulltime user root login, but is useless if speakers ‘n such don’t work. Fulltime Desktop root users expect everything to work, just like standard Desktop users do.

I can list 10 Ubuntu-based Distros that I like better, if you don’t mind the “Authenticate” popup prompt for a password. Heck, I like Vanilla Arch better; however, openSUSE is still an excellent Desktop OS choice…for those users who are password dependent.  😉